Negar Azimiexplains how, rather than continuing to pressure Egypt on human rights and democratic reform, the Bush administration has reverted to supporting Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship, treating it as an ally in the "war on terror" and a bulwark against the growing Iranian and Islamist influence which has resulted from the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Isn't that wonderful? By agreeing to be a recipient of extraordinary rendition detainees, you too can get the heat off your authoritarian regime.
When it comes to U.S. fundraising for Israeli settlements, donating to the Hebron Fund is not merely an expression of support for Israel, it's a perpetuation of the systematic oppression of Palestinians.
On Nov. 18, in the beautifully appointed ballroom of Manhattan's posh Grand Hyatt Hotel at Grand Central Station, the Hebron Fund held its annual fund-raising gala. According to organizers, guests paid upward of $300 a head, with anything above the cost of the dinner considered tax-deductible. The evening began with a reception in an anteroom featuring a buffet of gourmet foods. A chef in a tall hat worked a stir-fry station; another expertly sliced sashimi and rolled sushi. A dessert table overflowed with cakes and chocolate mousse. A flute and piano duo played easy-listening versions of vaguely recognizable classics.
I'm telling you, reading the office copy of Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism is like touring Willie Wonka's factory: A new, wonderful surprise awaits around every corner. Except instead of treats and sweeties, there are big, steaming piles of right-wing cant. Using the Jonah-vator (it goes sideways and slantways and longways and backways and squareways and front ways and any other ways that you can think of!) you can find this stuff just by skipping around at random. Whoa! Here we are on pg. 254, in the chapter entitled "Liberal Racism: The Eugenic Ghost in the Fascist Machine":
As part of the Weekly Standard's ongoing effort cast blame on Iran (and, whenever possible, the Democrats) for the fact that reality has not cooperated with Bill Kristol's bong-hit fantasies about the salutary regional effects of an American invasion of Iraq , Jonathan Karlsuggests that Iraq's refusal to send a representative to the Annapolis conference is due to...the pernicious influence of Iran: